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Food Reviews - Big Apple Style

Food Reviews

Spring Street Natural Restaurant

[caption id="attachment_91" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Sit back relax and enjoy the organic eats at Spring Street Natural Restaurant"]Sit back relax and enjoy the organic eats at Spring Street Natural Restaurant[/caption] In the mood for something healthy tonight? Not a problem! Reserve a table at Spring Street Natural at 62 Spring Street on the corner of Lafayette and Spring. Since its conception in 1973, Spring Street Natural has prided itself on only using minimally processed foods such as organically harvested vegetables and raised poultry for their exotic menu that is a fusion of textures and flavors. Surprise your taste buds and realize that healthy and tasty are synonymous! In case you're not as hip as the rest of us New Yorkers on the healthy eating scene, there are a variety of diets that Spring Street Natural caters to. If you're like me and aren't entirely vegetarian, then you can enjoy a meal prepared from free range chicken or organically raised seafood such as Yellowfin Tuna or Boston Cod. If you prefer a completely vegetarian diet, then Spring Street Natural boasts the best tempeh in the city along with tofu and seitan. All foods are freshly prepared and seafood fares are personally overseen by Jorge, the seafood specialist. About the only thing that you won't find here is red meat, but the food is so delicious that your taste buds won't have time to miss it! Not only does Spring Street Natural boast an amazing and innovative twist on healthy living, but their bartending and mixologist staff should be awarded for creating a cocktail list that is an exotic companion to the menus. My dinner guest and I were treated to a Blood Orange-Raspberry Cosmo and a Mango-rita. Seeing as how cosmos are my favorite drink and I always order them at every restaurant or lounge reviewed, I fell in love with their tropical twist on the Cosmo. If you prefer something with a stronger kick, then definitely give the Mango-rita a try. We were treated to a medley of dishes at Spring Street Natural and appetizers began with a tasting of Salmon Cakes and Beer Battered Poblano Chili Peppers Stuffed with Shitake Mushrooms and Toasted Pine Nuts. The poblano chili had a wonderful variety of textures and flavors that contrasted the spicy flavor of the chili against the smooth texture and taste of the mushrooms. After the appetizers, we were treated to an intermediary dish of Stir-Fried Organic Vegetables with Organic Tempeh. This dish would be considered a vegan macrobiotic meal which is completely balanced for nutrition. And for those of us who don't know what Tempeh is, it's a soybean based meat substitute that tastes quite a bit like chicken. Being a first time tempeh eater, I thought it had a great flavor and a consistency very similar to actual chicken. Our entrees were actually a seafood presentation consisting of Sesame Crusted Sashimi Rare Yellowfin Tuna Steak and Boston Cod with a Golden Leek Crust. I've had sashimi rare tuna steak, but never like this. The flavor of the tuna is contrasted against the wasabi mashed potatoes but what stands out most is the freshness of the fish. Likewise, the cod is accompanied by a passion fruit beurre blanc, that awakens the taste buds and makes you realize that this isn't your typical "healthy living" restaurant! But just incase we weren't completely stuffed and out done by everything else, we were treated to a slice of dairy free Carrot Cake. The icing, which was very rich and thick, was actually crafted from tofu! Have I teased your taste buds enough with my review? You can enjoy Spring Street Natural's exotic menu every day with the option of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday from 9 to 11:30am. Lunch is everyday from 11:30am to 4:30pm followed by dinner which is available from 4:30 to 11:30pm Sunday through Thursday and open an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays. Part of the brunch crowd? No worries, brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am to 4:30pm. Obviously, I was extremely impressed by Spring Street Natural. As someone who usually avoids restaurants that boast a truly healthy or nutritious methodology on eating, I loved this restaurant. But beyond the menu, the atmosphere was relaxed enough for a night out with friends, but with just enough of a mood that you could take your special honey or sweetie out for an intimate night out for two. After dining at Spring Street Natural I'm not only a believer in healthy living, but I'm looking forward to returning for more culinary delights! For more information about Spring Street Natural visit www.springstreetnatural.com. Or visit them at 62 Spring St. on the corner of Spring St. and Lafayette. Ph: (212)966-0290 Big Apple Style rates Spring Street Natural: Value: 5 Bartending Skills: 5 Menu Variety/Flavor: 5 Accessibility/Location: 5 Atmosphere: Hospitality: 5

One 83

If the hustle and bustle of New York leaves you feeling frazzled and you tire of the typical restaurant scene, then it's time to experience something different at One 83. Founded by the masterminds who revived Delmonico's for the New York scene, One 83 is a lovely get away for those craving a taste of Northern Italy in their own backyard. One 83 boasts an excellent menu crafted from the freshest ingredients, a lovely year round garden patio, and an added bonus for the ladies: lovely waiters with swoon worthy Italian accents! Located on the Upper East Side, One 83 is open seven days a week for dinner guests. The interior is decorated to evoke the maximum emotions of warmth and hospitality. One 83 strikes the perfect balance between warm color tones and muted lighting to offer a relaxing setting that almost makes you forget that you're in Manhattan. In addition, their musical choices are appealing for any crowd with a current selection to appeal to younger patrons while the melodies are ambient enough to blend into the background. Once seated, patrons will then be treated to an ultimate selection of tempting dishes. With One 83's menu, there is truly something here that everyone can enjoy. A meal at One 83 is one that involves all of your taste buds through out each course. Our meal began with a lovely sampling of Bruschetta and their house Focaccia bread sticks. After this, appetizers were served. We sampled between the Asparago (asparagus served fresh with a light vinaigrette) and the Insalata di Spinacci (spinach salad served in a light olive oil and served with red onions, mushrooms and Italian pancetta). Both of these dishes are perfect examples for the level of ingredients used in everything at One 83. Each ingredient was able to stand out with it's own flavor while creating a melody of flavors with the other ingredients. For our main course we had Tonno alla Arrabiata (sautéed yellow fin tuna with artichokes and red onions in Chianti wine sauce) and Filetto Di Sogliola Adriatico (filet of sole sautéed with lemon, capers and white wine and served with polenta). Both again were light dishes that complimented the natural flavors of the fish we picked. Although we chose to stay within the seafood portion of the menu, One 83 does offer a large variety of dishes for those who prefer meat or vegetarian dishes. Of course, at a restaurant like One 83, it's best to save room for dessert, and I'm glad I did. A meal is not complete here until you've at least tried their Chocolate Soufflé Cake! With a warm center and a side of all natural fresh vanilla ice cream, once I picked up my fork I didn't stop until the soufflé and the ice cream were gone! Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just want to try out the fare at a new restaurant, there's no reason you shouldn't be one of the happy patrons raving about One 83. Nestled on the corner of 83rd Street and 1st Avenue, One 83 can become your retreat from the cacophony on the New York City streets. Visit them on the web at www.one83restaurant.com or call for more information. For more information about One 83 visit them at: 1608 1st Ave at 83rd St. Ph: (212)327-4700 Big Apple Style Rates One 83:
each item is rated on a five point scale with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best
Value: 3 Bartending Skills: 5 Menu Variety/Flavor: 5 Accessibility/Location: 5 Atmosphere: Hospitality: 5